Urban Refuge News

UR Senior High Spring Semi-Formal Dinner & Dance

Saturday, May 20, 6:00-9:45 PM, Gathering Room. All senior high students (grades 9-12) are invited to attend a semi-formal dinner and dance. You are welcome to invite one guest and tickets will be on sale at youth group on May 3,10, and 17. For more details, please contact Sara Carson at stampinsara1@gmail.com

Adoption & Foster Care Group


Saturday, May 13, 5:00-8:00 PM, Gathering & Activity Rooms. Please join us as we continue reading the book “The Whole Brain Child” by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. This month, we will be discussing chapters 5 & 6. All individuals or families who are at any stage of adopting or fostering are welcome to join us. We meet on the second Saturday of the month from September through May. Questions? For more information, contact Tasha Ness at adoptedfamilies@theurbanrefuge.com.

Morning Glory


Saturday, May 20, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Gathering Space.

“Birds were made to fly. Fish were made to swim. We were made to glorify God. If we are not glorifying God, then we are not living out our purpose.” - John Piper.

Please come as we give God "Morning Glory" with praise, worship, prayer and meditation. We'll have a light brunch, a special activity (with a memento to take home) and of course, a lot of time to visit! Cost is just $7. You can also opt for a free ticket or purchase an anonymous gift. Invite girlfriends and/or your teen daughters (12 and up).

Register HERE. Online registration closed at noon on May 19. After that you can still come, just pay $10 at the door. Questions? Email urjewels@theurbanrefuge.com.

Fill Their Plate Packing Sessions

Thanks to those that have packed recently. So far this year, 33,480 meals are packed toward our goal of 125,000 meals to send to our feeding partners. We are off to a great start! Go to filltheirplate.org for more information and to sign up for 1 of the 3 monthly sessions (or all of them!). Groups, families, and individuals are all welcome.

Upcoming sessions:

Child Dedication

On Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14, during service. The Child Dedication Ceremony is an opportunity for you, as parents, to profess before God, your loved ones, and your church family your dedication to raise your child to love and follow Jesus Christ. We encourage you to invite family and friends to share this special occasion with you and celebrate together afterwards. Each family will receive a commemorative certificate. Please contact us with the child's full name, date of birth and the parents' names by Tuesday, May 9 at info@theurbanrefuge.com or 612-338-7226.

Higher Calling - For Men

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 3, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Auditorium. This fast paced, high impact event will test every man who chooses to attend. Higher Calling: Targeting Sexual Thoughts and Behavior Toward God's Design. If you would like to participate in the prep team or would like more event details, contact Pastor Terrance at Terrance@theurbanrefuge.com.

Dance of the Decades

Save the Date: Saturday, June 10.

Our version of prom for grown-ups will include dinner, games and dancing. Everyone 18 years and older is invited to attend this decade themed party. You may want to start planning your attire: will it be traditional prom, roaring 20's, hippie or totally 80's? More details will be coming soon! If you have questions or would like to help with the event, contact Crystal Vander Heiden at crystalvandy@gmail.com.


Would you like to help serve?

Scripture tells us that God has given each one of us a spiritual gift unique to the needs within His church body. Thus, if He has led you here, then He has given you a gift to use in support of His work here. With that confidence, join us in bringing praise to Him by making a difference in our community and within our church family. Pick up an Engage brochure from the Welcome Table or view the info HERE and find a ministry that interests you and contact one of the leaders. We’d love it if you were to join us.

Multi-location News

Our Association:

Great Commission Churches (GCC)

Evergreen, The Rock & The Urban Refuge belong to the association, Great Commission Churches. GCC is a U.S. based fellowship of independent churches designed to equip, unite and provide accountability to churches and ministries that have a desire to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Our heart is that churches will model "New Testament Christianity in Action Today." To learn more about GCC, go to gccweb.org.

The Spring 2017 Christianity In Action newsletter is now available. Go HERE.

Rochester Update

Sunday, April 30, Noon, Evergreen-Lakeville-Chapel. Pastor Paul Johnson will be here to give an update on the progress and status of the possible church plant in Rochester MN.



Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Gym. Have you ever been curious about how ‘martial arts’ can be Christian and biblically based? We train students in the physical, mental, and spiritual character traits to be successful in life and their walk with Christ. All ages 7 years old and older (adults included) are welcome. See the brochure HERE. For more information contact Steve Mohror at steveandalicemohror@gmail.com or 612-729-6123.

UR Fit

heart, soul, mind & strength

Join me for a workout that seeks to nurture all of you– heart, soul, mind, and strength. Open to all who are seeking something more in a group fitness class, let's redefine what it is to be fit. Classes will encourage you to become more fit and to live a life that is healthy and whole so that you are better able to love God and others. Questions? Contact Crystal Vander Heiden at 952-687-1217 or crystalvandy@gmail.com. (Check the calendar HERE in case of cancellations)




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